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Become A Restaurant Cashier

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Working As A Restaurant Cashier

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $17,077

    Average Salary

What Does A Restaurant Cashier Do

Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.

Duties

Cashiers typically do the following:

  • Greet customers
  • Scan or register customers’ purchases
  • Accept payments from customers and give change and receipts
  • Bag or wrap customers’ purchases
  • Process returns and exchanges of merchandise
  • Answer customers’ questions and provide information about store policies
  • Help customers sign up for store rewards programs or credit cards
  • Count the money in their register at the beginning and end of each shift

In some establishments, cashiers have to check the age of their customers when selling age-restricted products, such as alcohol and tobacco. Some cashiers may have duties not directly related to sales and customer service, such as mopping floors, taking out the trash, and other custodial tasks. Others may stock shelves or mark prices on items.

Cashiers use scanners, registers, or calculators to process payments and returns or exchanges of merchandise.

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How To Become A Restaurant Cashier

Cashiers are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements to become a cashier.

Education

Although most jobs for cashiers have no specific education requirements, some employers may prefer applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent. Cashiers should have a basic knowledge of mathematics, because they need to be able to make change and count the money in their registers.

Training

Cashiers receive on-the-job training, which may last a few weeks. An experienced worker typically helps new cashiers learn how to operate equipment such as scanners or registers.

Advancement

Working as a cashier is often a steppingstone to other careers in retail. For example, with experience, cashiers may become customer service representatives, retail sales workers, or sales managers.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Cashiers must pay attention to customers’ questions and explain pricing.

Customer-service skills. Cashiers must be courteous and friendly when helping customers.

Dexterity. Cashiers use their hands to operate registers and scan purchases.

Integrity. Cashiers must calculate payments accurately and be trusted to process customers’ financial information.

Patience. Cashiers must be able to remain calm when interacting with customers.

Physical stamina. Cashiers stand for long periods.

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Average Length of Employment
Head Cashier 2.5 years
Restaurant Worker 2.4 years
Restaurant Server 2.3 years
Service Cashier 1.9 years
Cashier Operator 1.8 years
Check Cashier 1.7 years
Waiter And Cashier 1.7 years
Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier/Closer 1.6 years
Order Taker 1.6 years
Cashier/Sales 1.6 years
Baker/Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier/Dishwasher 1.5 years
Cashier Associate 1.5 years
Cashier/Host 1.4 years
Hostess Cashier 1.4 years
Concession Cashier 1.4 years
Front Cashier 1.3 years
Restaurant Cashier 1.0 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 19.6%
Hostess 6.1%
Volunteer 6.1%
Internship 5.4%
Food Prep 2.7%
Server 2.7%
Waitress 2.7%
Teacher 2.7%
Clerk 2.0%
Top Employers After
Cashier 16.2%
Volunteer 5.6%
Server 4.1%
Associate 3.0%
Manager 3.0%
Hostess 2.5%
Secretary 2.5%
Assistant 2.5%
Barista 2.0%

Restaurant Cashier Demographics

Gender

Female

73.4%

Male

23.7%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

73.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Filipino

5.0%

Vietnamese

5.0%

Hebrew

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Tagalog

5.0%

Urdu

5.0%

Armenian

5.0%
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Restaurant Cashier Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

5.1%

Suffolk County Community College

5.1%

University of Alabama

5.1%

Clark College

5.1%

Austin Peay State University

5.1%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Johnson & Wales University

5.1%

Oklahoma City Community College

5.1%

Jackson State University

5.1%

Kennesaw State University

5.1%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

5.1%

Whatcom Community College

5.1%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

Mt San Antonio College

5.1%

Stephen F Austin State University

5.1%

University of Phoenix-New Mexico

5.1%

State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred

5.1%

Niagara County Community College

5.1%

Hillsborough Community College

5.1%

Chaffey College

2.6%
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Majors

Business

19.2%

Psychology

6.7%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Pharmacy

5.8%

Accounting

5.8%

English

5.0%

General Studies

5.0%

Nursing

5.0%

Biology

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Management

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Cosmetology

3.3%

Computer Science

3.3%

Hospitality Management

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Health Sciences And Services

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Civil Engineering

3.3%

Culinary Arts

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

45.5%

Bachelors

29.1%

Associate

15.9%

Diploma

4.2%

Certificate

3.2%

Masters

1.1%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Restaurant Cashier

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Top Restaurant Cashier Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Food Preparation Areas
  3. Food Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled cash, customer service skills.
  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Assisted customers via telephone or in person by taking food orders.
  • Prepare, assemble, and package food/beverages to ensure speed and accuracy of customer orders.
  • Resolve guest concerns in a positive, helpful manner.

Top Restaurant Cashier Employers